Social Work, BSW Completion Program
Complete your B.S. degree in 2 years
USJ’s BSW Completion Program is designed for qualified students who have earned 60 transferable credits or an associate degree the opportunity to complete their B.S. degree. The USJ Social Work Completion Program is an accelerated two-year program leading to the completion of the academic requirements for a bachelor’s degree.
Completion Program Distinctiveness
Students in the Bachelor’s of Social Work Completion program enter with 100 hours of Human Services internship experience or 180 hours of work or volunteer experience in the human service or related field over at least a three-month period. You will be studying with other adults who have work experience and need to complete their college degree to advance their career in this Council on Social Work Education accredited BSW program. Many USJ students will qualify to enter graduate school with advanced standing and complete their master’s degree in Social Work in one year rather than the usual two. More than 90% of the USJ Social Work graduates go on to earn their MSW degree.
Our BSW graduates work in many settings including municipal, state and private organizations. They engage with a variety of populations from individual adults to families and the elderly. Social Work students gain knowledge, skills, and values for empowering individuals, strengthening families and communities, and promoting a global civil society based on human rights, social and economic justice, and peace.
The baccalaureate Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
Candidates for the B.S. Completion Program must meet the following criteria:
- Complete an online application for admission
- Supplemental Admissions Application
- Associate degree or 60 + transferable credits
- Prior college GPA of 2.5 or higher
- 100 hours Human Services internship experience or 180 hours of related volunteer and/or work experience over at least three months
- Students are expected to have successfully completed the prerequisites prior to the start of the program (exceptions may be approved by the Program Director).
Please refer to the USJ Undergraduate Catalog for a full list of USJ approved courses that meet the above requirements. See transfer course equivalencies for the above courses.
Students are expected to have successfully completed the following Bachelor of Social Work prerequisites prior to the start of the program (exceptions may be approved by the Program Director):
- PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology
- SOCL 101 Introduction to Sociology
- SOCW 102 Introduction to Social Work/Human Services
- Political Science – Acceptable courses or their equivalents include:
- POLS 110 How Political Science Affects Your Life
- POLS 125 American Government
- POLS 310 Political Leadership & Social Justice
- ECON 101 Principles of Macroeconomics
- PSYC 238 Human Development through the Lifespan
- Human Biology (lab not required) – Acceptable courses or their equivalents include:
- BIOL 204 Forensic Biology
- BIOL 217 Culture Health & Illness
- BIOL 223 Human Biology
- BIOL 270 Human Heredity and Birth Defects
- HDFS 111, 112 & 113
- The following pre-requisites and/or General Education Requirements are built into the program but may be transferred:
- Math 110 Elementary Statistics
- Diversity Course – Acceptable courses include:
- LCPR 310 Latino Identities and Cultures
- SOCL 217 Racial and Ethnic Groups
- SOCL 227 Inequality in America
- SOCW 202 Black Families in the United States
- SOCW 206 Latinas and Their Worlds (also meets MWGS)
- Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies (MWGS) approved course
- RELS 200 level or above approved course
- Values and Ethics (VE)
- Global/International Studies (GI) approved course